Lyft set to return e-bikes to San Francisco streets after solving battery fire issue

After battery fires prompted Lyft to pull its rentable e-bikes from San Francisco streets in July, the ride-hail giant is finally ready to announce a date for their return.

Lyft’s Bay Wheels e-bikes will roll back into The City by mid-December as part of a four-year agreement, the company told the San Francisco Examiner Thursday.

And when they return, the fleet is set to quadruple.

The company deployed 1,000 e-bikes for rent in July after winning a court battle against San Francisco to maintain its exclusivity agreement with The City. But then two weeks later, two of its e-bikes’ batteries burst into flame, including one in the Lower Haight that was snuffed out by a nearby citizen with a fire extinguisher.